OFFICE OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS (OGA)
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The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) helps prepare Rockford University students, faculty and community constituents for active participation in a rapidly changing global society by internationalizing our campus and curriculum, facilitating experiential learning opportunities, and developing our international partnerships to achieve Rockford University’s strategic objectives.
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Global Faculty Fellow
Program Chair and Associate Professor of Physics, Deepshikha Shukla, Ph. D. is the current Global Faculty Fellow at Rockford University. With her experience in the education systems of India and the US, she is passionate about creating a culture where domestic and international students, faculty and staff symbiotically co-habitate. Assimilation of international students at RU and promoting international experience for the entire campus lies at the core of her initiatives. Internationalization is her ‘mantra’.”
Community Friends Program
The Community Friends Program matches families in the Rockford community with international students. These families help international students by giving them the opportunity to have authentic cultural experiences in the area and in their homes. Many students who have participated in this program in past years have shared holidays at their Community Friends’ homes and have attended local area attractions with their families. Participation in this program is a great way for Rockford community members to learn about cultures and countries from around the world! The simple application process involves a background check for the hosting household members at no charge to participants. If you are interested in being a Community Friend to an international student, please complete the Community Friends application. If you are an international student who would like a Community Friend, please email Julie Griffith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Services provided by OGA:
- >> Assist both U.S. and international students in realizing their dreams of studying abroad
- >> Provide services related to U.S. immigration regulations
- >> Offer international student orientation
- >> Provide international student academic advising and support
Core Values of the Office of Global Affairs
- “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
- “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
- Enable everyone to have the opportunity to experience traveling abroad.
Meet Our Staff
Rockford University is filled with a heartfelt community that has encouraged and built me education wise,socially and emotionally strong which has made me feel home away from home being that I am an international student.
Studying abroad was always an initiative I wanted to take in my life. Considering the knowledge, experience and exposure that you gain by studying away from home, always fascinated me to take this step in my life. Studying in the US has proved that my decision was right.
Studying abroad in Spain has enriched my view of our world by being exposed to various cultures. Each day is an opportunity of personal growth in which one can make unforgettable memories and long lasting friendships.
Office of Global Affairs (OGA)
Burpee 2nd Floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Maria Diemer, Executive Director
Julie Griffith, Associate Director
email@example.com ; 微信/Wechat ID: JulieOGA_Rockford
Maggie Kasicki, Assistant Director
Mon-Fri - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.